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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

The New York edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair showcases 17 exhibitors, presenting over 60 African and African diasporan artists.

A reference to the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage.

Recordings from the 2015-2016 1:54 programs, artists, and related partners may be found on this page. 1:54 was initiated by Touria El Glaoui in 2013 in London.

The 2016 1:54 art fair was accompanied by an educational and artistic program curated by Koyo Kouoh and includes lectures, film screenings, and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists, and art experts. May 2016 marked the second edition of 1:54 New York, while 1:54 London returned for the fourth consecutive year in October 2016 at Somerset House.


Toukadime: A Taste of Algeria
Marjani Forté-Saunders: Being here… in Memory
Disguise, Pt.2 : Zina Saro-Wiwa and Adejoke Tugbiyele
Disguise, Pt.1 : Saya Woolfalk + William Villalongo
Conrad Botes
Lavar Munroe
Wayne Barker
Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze and Larry Ossei-Mensah